With Mardi Gras coming up next week, I decided to see how many items fromt he Dollar Tree that I could use to decorate a colorful mask. Using the larger sized printable mask template and fun foam in green, yellow and purple, I’ve decorated six masks using fourteen different crafty items from the Dollar Tree. Below are the basic instructions for what I did, but this is a craft that the kids can be creative with and decorate a unique Mardi Gras mask for themselves. Any other ideas you would like to share? Post your comments below. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
- Printable mask template
- Crafter Square foam Sheets
- Pipe cleaners
- Metalic ribbon
- Mardi Gras beads
- Foil stars
- Silk Flowers
- Reflector tape
- Chenille Stems
- Foil baking cups
- Baking cups – decorated
- Glitter Glue Tubes
- Frilly party picks
- Duct Tape
- Glue pens
- Select the Printable mask template Note: there are two masks on the page. For these examples, I used the larger mask.
- Cut the mask out and trace on to the craft foam. Cut the craft foam mask out.
- Punch holes where indicated on the sides and attach a ribbon or elastic to hold the mask in place.
How to Decorate a Mardi Gras Mask
- For the green mask with stars, use a hole punch for 3 holes at the top. Loop about 6" of folded metallic ribbon through the holes. Attach one bead from a short strand of Mardi Gras beads into the end holes.
- For the yellow mask with green yarn. Use glue to attach the yarn around the eye portion of the mask. Take about a 10" section of yarn and make three loops, attach this to a small section of duct tape and attach to the back of the mask. Gold reflector tape was used to decorate the top and bottom of the mask.
- Purple mask with craft foam triangles. Great way to use up scraps of the foam. For a little extra piazza, take two frilly party picks and cut off the ends so that there is only about 1" of the wooden pick. Use duct tape to attach this pick to the back of the mask.
- Green mask with red flowers. This is my favorite mask – so much easier than working with feathers. Take apart a silk flower, a gerbera daisy works well. Cut a section apart and glue to the back of the mask. Use dots of puff paint and outline the top of the mask with glitter glue.
- Green mask with cupcake liners. Cut apart sections of colorful and metallic cupcake liners to decorate this mask. Outline the bottom with matching sequences.
- Yellow mask with butterflies. Sequences and flowers decorate this mask. One purple chenille stem was folded for the center crown effect – fold into the desired shape and secure the ends with duct tape.
- Purple mask with feathers. Puff paint and diamond shapes of craft foam were used along with matching feathers.